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David Chen, MD


David Chen, MD

UCLA Physician David Chen, MD specializes in Surgery.
Language Spoken
Hospital Affiliation
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
State License Number
(310) 319-4080 Information and referral
(310) 451-8751
Fax Number
(310) 394-5215
Email Address

Santa Monica UCLA General Surgery
1304 15th Street, Suite 213
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Board of Surgery, 2012, 2023
Surgery, American Board of Surgery, 2010
Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2003 - 2009
Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2002 - 2003
Medical Degree
MD, UC Davis Medical Center, 2002
Adrenal Cancer, Adrenal Glands Tumor (Benign), Breast Cancer, Breast Tumor Benign, Cholecystectomy, Colon Cancer, Colon Tumor (Benign), Colorectal (colon, rectum and anus), Endocrine Surgery (Adrenal, Thyroid, Parathyroid), Fundoplication, Gastrointestinal, General Surgery, GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), Hemorrhoid External, Hemorrhoid Internal, Hernia Repair ( Epigastric Hernia), Hernia Repair (Femoral Hernia), Hernia Repair (Incisional Hernia), Hernia Repair (Inguinal Hernia), Hernia Repair (Umbilical Hernia), Hernia Repair (Ventral Hernia), Laparoscopic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Oncology, Pain Problem after Inguinal Hernia Repair, Pancreas, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Tumor (Benign), Parathyroid Cancer, Parathyroid Tumor (Benign), Rectal Cancer, Rectal Tumor (Benign), Stomach Cancer, Stomach Tumor (Benign), Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Tumor (Benign), Urgent Gastrointestinal Surgery, Zenker's Diverticulum
Research Interest
Gastric Cancer, Benign Esophageal Disorders, Inguinal Hernia Repair, Chronic Pain after Hernia Repair, Geriatric Surgery, Hospice and Palliative Care, Surgical Education
Additional Information


  • Assistant Clinical Professor- Department of Surgery
  • Associate Director of Surgical Education
  • Surgery Clerkship Director- David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Clinical Director- Lichtenstein Amid Hernia Clinic at UCLA
  • Attending Physician- Department of Palliative Care
Awards & Recognition
  • Department of Surgery Golden Scalpel Assistant Professor Teaching Award, 2011
  • Department of Family Medicine Award for Excellence in Education, 2011
  • UCLA Health System Teaching Humanism Award and Faculty Development Program, 2011
  • Department of Surgery Golden Scalpel Assistant Professor Teaching Award, 2010


  1. Amid PK, Chen DC. Surgical treatment of chronic groin pain after laparoscopic and open preperitoneal inguinal hernia repair. J Am Coll Surg. 2011 Oct.
  2. Cronin J, Livhits M, Mercado C, Chen F, Foster N, Chandler C, Gibbons M, Ko CY, Chen DC. Quality Improvement Pilot Program for Vulnerable Elderly Surgery Patients. American Surgeon. 2011.
  3. Amid PK, Chen DC. Second invited commentary to the letter by Jan Lambrecht. Hernia. 2011 Apr 27.
  4. Agopian VG, Chen DC, Avansino JR, Stelzner M. Intestinal Stem Cell Organoid Transplantation Generates Neomucosa in Dogs. J Gastrointest Surg. 2009 May;13(5):971-82.
  5. Chen DC, Avansion JR, Agopian VG, Hoagland VD, Woolman JD, Pan S, Ratner B, Stelzner M. Comparison of Polyester Scaffolds for Bioengineered Intestinal Mucosa. Cells Tissues Organs. 2007;184(3-4):154-65.
  6. Avansino JR, Chen DC, Woolman JD, Hoagland VD, Stelzner M. Orthotopic transplantation of intestinal mucosal organoids in rodents. Surgery. 2006 Sep;140(3):423-34.
  7. Chen DC, Agopian VG, Avansino JR, Lee JK, Farley SM, Stelzner M. Optical tissue window: a novel model for optimizing engraftment of intestinal stem cell organoids. J Surg Res. 2006 Jul;134(1):52-60. Epub 2006 May 12.
  8. Stelzner M, Chen DC. To make a new intestinal mucosa. Rejuvenation Res. 2006 Spring;9(1):20-5.
  9. Avansino JR, Chen DC, Woolman JD, Hoagland VD, Stelzner M. Engraftment of mucosal stem cells into murine jejunum is dependent on optimal dose of cells. J Surg Res. 2006 May;132(1):74-9. Epub 2005 Nov 16.
  10. Avansino JR, Chen DC, Hoagland VD, Woolman JD, Haigh WG, Stelzner M. Treatment of bile acid malabsorption using ileal stem cell transplantation. J Am Coll Surg. 2005 Nov;201(5):710-20. Epub 2005 Sep 23.
  11. Chen DC, Duckles SP, Krause DN. Postjunctional alpha2-adrenoceptors in the rat tail artery: effect of sex and castration. Eur J Pharmacol. 1999 May 21;372(3):247-52.
  12. Chen DC. Postjunctional alpha2-adrenoceptors in the rat tail artery: effect of gender. UCI J Undergraduate Research. 1997 May 27;424-35.

Book Chapters

  1. Chen DC, Barie PS, Hiatt JR. Peritonitis and Intra-abdominal Infection. Textbook of Critical Care, 6th Edition. 2010.
  2. Chen DC, Amid P. Technique: Lichtenstein SAGES Manual of Hernia Repair, 1st Edition. 2011. Amid PK, Chen DC. Inguinal Neurectomy for Postincisional Inguinal Nerve Entrapment. Mastery of Surgery. 6th Edition. 2012
  3. Amid PK, Chen DC. Lichtenstein Tension-Free Hernioplasty. Mastery of Surgery. 6th Edition. 2012
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